Patrick A. Hope is a Member of the Virginia General Assembly as the Delegate from the 47th District of the Commonwealth of Virginia and was re-elected for his second term in 2011. He serves on the Militia, Police and Public Safety Committee and House Health, Welfare, and Institutions Committee. In his first year he was elected co-chair of the Freshmen Caucus and also serves as the co-chair of the Virginia Progressive Caucus.
He is a health care attorney with over 13 years experience working for Virginia and has been recognized by numerous organizations including the 2010 Legislator of the Year by both the VA Transit Association and the VA Academy of Family Physicians.
Patrick was born in San Antonio, Texas. A high school graduate of Castle Hills First Baptist School in San Antonio, Hope received his Bachelors of Arts degree in History from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio (’93), then received his Master’s of Arts degree in Congressional Studies from The Catholic University in Washington, DC (’96), and then received a Juris Doctorate degree from The Catholic University Columbus School of Law in Washington, DC (‘01).
After spending several years working on Capitol Hill for Senator Bob Kerry (D-NE) and Representative Henry B. Gonzalez (D-TX), Patrick worked for various health care organizations working to improve access and care for patients. He currently is the Director of Legislative Policy at the American College of Cardiology. He also is an Adjunct Professor at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Patrick also has a very strong record of community leadership. Patrick was the founder and first president of the reorganized Buckingham Community Civic Association (2003-2009) and chaired the Arlington County Community Services Board (2005-2008). He also was co-chairman, Arlington Implementation Task Force to End Homelessness (2008-2010), and Commissioner for the Arlington County Commission on Aging (2002-2007).
Patrick lives with his wife Kristen and their three daughters – Emma, Patty, and Lilly – in the Buckingham community of Arlington. They have lived in the Buckingham neighborhood since the year 2000.
What does the Realtor endorsement mean to you?
The Virginia Association Realtors stands for high quality representation in the realtor market. As the single most important point of contact for both buyers and sellers in home buying/selling process, I’m honored to receive your endorsement.
What does homeownership mean to you?
Homeownership is part of the American Dream. It also means responsibility to protect your most valuable asset. That’s why it is so important that policymakers ensure homeowners can be successful as well as working to provide this dream of home ownership to the greatest number of people possible. Once afforded the opportunity to own our own home, our work is not finished. We must continue expanding our commitment to protect the environment by encouraging energy efficiency as well as sound green building practices.
How important is the real estate industry to the overall economy both in your district and in your region?
We saw how devastating a sharp decrease in home values had on Virginia’s economy during the Great Recession. While we have mostly pulled ourselves out from that low, we must ensure that never happens again. Additionally adequate affordable housing remains a problem not only in Arlington but across the Northern Virginia region. Maintaining affordable housing opportunities not only helps sustain healthy economic growth across our area but also affords us to ability to maintain a diverse community.